We are happy to return to a client’s home for our second remodeling project. Watch as we transform this bathroom into a calm beach retreat.

December 7, 2015

This is a before photo looking into the bathroom.
We are giving this dated peach and green tiles and fixtures a newer look.

Everything in this bathroom will be replaced.

To get the calm beach retreat feeling, we will be using weathered wood tile for the floors, ‘reconstituted teak’ cabinets, pebble mosaic accent tile, and beach glass.

December 15, 2015

What is reconstituted teak, you ask? It is a composite material, made by different wood veneers, dyed and laid up to “mimic” this particular wood species.  Thin layers of veneer are then sliced off this new block to create the “grain”.  It has many benefits. It has a color and grain consistency from sheet to sheet, it has very few defects that would occur in wood naturally, and it doesn’t take harvested tropical hardwoods from overseas.

We love working in tight conditions!
Thank you to the neighbors who have allowed us access in their driveways.

Small equipment digs where it can. A shovel will finish the rest.

December 21, 2015

This is a view of the existing basement window from the inside.

Keep digging.

The egress window well is dropped in the hole…

…and attached to the wall.

Pea gravel fills the bottom of the well, and surrounds the outside, because it doesn’t hold water, like soil, that would freeze and heave in Michigan winters.

The new opening for the window is cut in the block wall. An egress window will allow the homeowners to create living space in their basement, in the future. For now, they have added light and a great storage space.

January 5, 2016

Happy New Year to all! 

We are tearing out the old materials down to the framing.

And sometimes we find unpleasant surprises from others' remodeling jobs that we need to fix; like this one, that removed too much framing. This will need to be fixed before we can continue.

February 2, 2016

A niche is framed in the shower.

Rough plumbing is finished. Framing is added to the walls so they are plumb and straight.

The old glass block window is replaced with a new one at the same location.
No more frost in the shower during winter months.

February 9, 2016

The floor tile goes in first, and looks like wood.

The wall tile is a large format porcelain.
The pink is a waterproofing membrane at the recessed niche.

Glass tiles with a wave shape provide accent and texture inside the shower.
The tile is close to be finished, and will soon be grouted.

March 1, 2016

A new, custom door provides some needed privacy at the Master Bathroom.
The glass behind the protective coating is frosted.

The wall tile is installed up to the edge of the custom cabinetry.

The mirror with integral lighting is installed on the wall.

March 17, 2016

The integral sink and countertop were required to be hung on the wall. Additional bracing was provided behind the tile, and the plumber is making the final connections.

Then the vanity cabinet is attached to the wall below the sink top. Custom cabinets have a notch in the drawer to avoid the plumbing drains.

The Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures are installed.
The shower doors will be installed this week.

March 24, 2016

The beautiful vanity, with reconstituted teak, is finished. It has custom drawer boxes that are cut around the plumbing. Plumbing fixtures and accessories have been selected to coordinate with each other.

The low profile shower pan and large format tiles from floor to ceiling create a sleek space. And the glass tiles at the back of the shower provide color and interest.

A tall storage cabinet for towels and toiletries matches the vanity, and has a laundry chute in the bottom drawer that sends dirty clothes to the washing machine below.

The result is a calm, clean and contemporary bathroom that feels warm and inviting.